With the pope soon to step down (supposedly, it’s not technically a resignation, but for all intents and purposes it is), all the usual suspects are gathering to suggest the Vatican follow man and not, say, God.
“The leadership of our church needs to be in touch with the signs of our times,” said Janet Hauter, chair of the progressive American Catholic Council. “We’re at a crossroads of some sort.”
Or (was he really a New York Times editor?) Bill Keller:
This is not a bastion of enlightenment. Don’t expect a Vatican Spring.
Or Salon, talking to people who don’t understand that faith on your terms is pretty much worthless:
“It would be refreshing for the Catholic Church to take a realistic view on contraception and abortion. But I don’t see that happening no matter who is chosen to be the next pope. There are many valid spiritual paths one can choose. Catholics have a choice.”
This is the hour when having a heirarchy [sic] of ents that is totally out of touch with global media opinion and tragically unhip really pays off. Global media will have almost zero impact on the outcome of the conclave. And words cannot express how grateful I am for that.
Ya see, any church that defines its morals based on popular opinion or government edict ain’t a church worth following. Do I struggle with Church teachings? Of course. If you ain’t strugglin’, you ain’t trying. The heart likes to oppose the head. But I take comfort from the systematic, coherent, deliberate approach to theology that the Church offers. I’d rather have that than a do-what-you-feel faith any day.